The Phrenological Journal and Life Illustrated: A Repository of Science, Literature, and General Intelligence.
by [Phrenology] Samuel R. WELLS (editor).
New York:: Samuel R. Wells, 1872. Series: The Phrenological Journal, January-June, 1872, vol. LIV, nos. 1-6. [Whole nos. 396-401 – six issues]., 1872. 8vo. 76, 8; 77-148, 6, ; 149-218, 8, ; 219-288, , 8; 289-358, , 10, ; 359-424 pp. [p. 81 tear mended]. Generously illustrated, index; title-page is crudely affixed to textblock with cellophane tape, some minor tears to margins. Modern green gilt-stamped cloth. Original wrappers appear to be taped to inside of boards. June issue without Miscellany section or advertisements. Generally very good. Complete bound issues January to June 1872. The journal's mission was to educate a public who had yet to find, "an adequate conception of the real nature, the cogent evidence, and the vast importance of phrenology." Homespun wisdom combined with politics, agriculture, gossip, and the occult. These issues feature some marvelous essays, such as: "Your lips – what they mean" – "History of Photography in America" – R.T. Trall, Small-pox and vaccination –Sir Charles Bell, Expression – Its anatomy and philosophy – New intoxicants – Inebriate Asylums, their utility – Blushing – The Case of Lawrence Sullivan, a victory for phrenology – Fish culture in America – Our horse cars, by Periwinkle – Lord Brougham's Ghost – How the Different Faculties Combine, etc.
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